Eric Lax has written on a wide range of topics, from movies and their makers to science, the history of medicine, and faith. His books include New York Times and international bestsellers and Notable Books of the Year. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, New York TimesVanity FairEsquire, and Los Angeles Times

Eric is an officer of PEN International, the world-wide literary organization based in London, and has devoted much of his time to its work on behalf of freedom of expression and writers who are threatened, imprisoned or murdered because of their words. He is a graduate of Hobart College, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

Born in Canada, he lives with his wife in Los Angeles. They have two sons.